What the world can learn about equality from the Nordic model

Shutterstock Rising inequality is one of the biggest social and economic issues of our time. It is linked to poorer economic growth and fosters social discontent and unrest. So, given that the five Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – are some of the world’s most equal on a number of measures, …

Brexit: austerity tipped balance towards Leave, new study suggests

Should I stay or should I go? Ptystockphoto You might think that two years after the EU referendum, there would be nothing more to say about what caused the Leave vote. In fact, it’s only now that we might be getting to the bottom of it. The first wave of research highlighted the economic distinctions …

Greek fires: the predatory political economy behind a recurring human disaster

After wildfires struck coastal resorts and suburbs around Athens, the images of the destruction show the trail of devastation and death left behind. The world is understandably shocked. But fires – albeit smaller ones and with fewer deaths than on this occasion – are quite regular and seen as an unpleasant yet predictable summer occurrence …

Digital nomads: what it’s really like to work while travelling the world

She makes it look so easy. Shutterstock. The phrase “digital nomad” summons the trope of joyful millennials who escape the daily grind to travel the world, working with laptops on far flung beaches. Bullish statistics are regularly regurgitated: “There will be one billion digital nomads by 2035,” the headlines declare. As an anthropologist, I started …

Why Brexit is really about competing visions of capitalism

Since the resignation of Boris Johnson and David Davis, ostensibly in response to Theresa May’s Chequers plan for the next phase of Brexit negotiations, many have quite understandably wondered: where’s your alternative, then? This is a fair question, but the wrong question. May’s lack of a parliamentary majority makes little difference to her ability to …

Post-Brexit trade with the US – Donald Trump was right when he said a deal would be tricky

Donald Trump has delivered some characteristically mixed messaging on the prospects of a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and US. First he told The Sun newspaper that Theresa May’s Chequers plan for Brexit “killed off any chance” of a trade deal with the US. Then he told journalist Piers Morgan that he would sign …

Why Comcast and Disney’s bidding war for Sky has reached astronomical heights

The bidding war between Comcast and Disney for European pay-TV giant Sky’s operations seems to have paused at Comcast’s latest bid. But not before reaching astronomical heights, reflective of the dubious thinking that is driving a lot of mergers and acquisitions at the moment. Bidding by the two major US entertainment businesses for Sky had …

Secret ingredient that made Netflix a world beater could lead to its demise

Sofa so good. r.classen Netflix’s latest half-year results have disappointed the market, sending shares in the TV streaming giant down 13% overnight. When this is the reaction to adding 5m subscribers in three months, taking your total to 130m around the world, it certainly tells you something. In the last 12 months the stock had …

UK should ignore Donald Trump’s Brexit threat – free trade deals can fall apart, as history shows

Donald Trump’s visit to the UK will have concentrated the minds of MPs still coming to terms with Theresa May’s Chequers “agreement” and the cabinet walk-outs that followed. The American president made clear that the government’s Brexit plan would remove any chance of a free trade deal with his country, albeit later toning this down. …

The World Cup in digital and social: the viewers, the tweets and the trolls

A compelling World Cup in Russia has drawn huge numbers of television and social media viewers. Indeed, one estimate suggests that 3.4 billion people across the world will ultimately have watched the tournament at some stage. Yet something significant is happening inside this number, as people shift their consumption of the World Cup online. For …